KEEXS is the first Innovative and Social Oriented Footwear Brand in Africa.
Pioneer innovation in footwear, bring exciting designs to life and empower communities through social oriented projects.
Quote from our Founder
“We the citizens need to take more individual and collective initiatives towards correcting some of our social issues (Economy & society) rather than sitting around complaining and waiting for our leaders to solve everything”– Jide Ipaye, 2015.
The KEEXS footwear brand is an African inspired range of casual footwear that Brings out the Cool in any man or lady. It is also for people who are expressive and unapologetic for style choices.
Our name KEEXS originates two words KICKS which means casual footwear, sneakers, shoes with rubber related soles and KEEK which means to peep surreptitiously.
Wearing KEEXS will make you feel good in 3 ways:
1. Our designs will make you cool and stand out from the crowd.
2. You are contributing towards poverty alleviation.
3. Each product has a story that will inspire you.
Our logo “The Fist Bump” is a gesture in which two people bump their fists together (as in greeting or celebration).Every time you wear KEEXS and meet others like you wearing KEEXS say hello with the Fist Bump and celebrate the positive impact we will make in Africa. Our brand colours are Red and Black.
Watch the original fund raising video created by our founder:
Jide over the past 10 year founded and has been running an IT company in Nigeria but deep down somewhere he had always dreamed of creating an enterprise that could impact lives. Jide loves shoes but has the major challenge of size (Europe 48) and the right fit… he figured why not make his own shoes.. and then Eureka! Why not make for others and Create a for profit social enterprise with it.. He bounced a few ideas as well as a name off a few friends including Moyo over blackberry chat.. got on the internet to check out where to make shoes ..flew off to the Netherlands to learn about making sneakers at SLEM institute ( The world’s leading school for innovative footwear design and manufacturing).
Moyo flies in from London to meet up with Jide while studying at SLEM institute in Netherland because he believed it was a great idea. They discussed more over a couple of drinks (as seen in picture).
The major challenge was raising enough funds to start up the business idea. Jide and Moyo teamed up to run a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter see the link here (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/895344045/the-first-innovative-and-social-footwear-brand-in/description ) to raise funds to start up production and voila! Here we are today..